Frugal Fridays - Diy Dupes For Expensive Products

Frugal Fridays is going to be a weekly series where I showcase a DIY dupe for an expensive product you would love to shell out for but either can't afford to or got tired of doing so. A DIY dupe means do it your self duplicate. To put it more simply its a copycat product. So let's jump right into it and get to the savings! Since we are entering summer and it looks like it's going to be a hot one, below you will find some summer beauty staples.

Dupe #1 :
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo (Avg. Retail Price $23 for 3.2 oz)











This is one of the more popular dry shampoo's out there and rightfully so because it does work, but I am in no way going to be able to justify to myself spending $23 on 3.2 oz's of product! So here is the much more frugal way of getting the same results!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Arrow Powder 
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • Optional: 6-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, orange, lemon, etc.)
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (for dark hair only)
Step 1: Mix all of the ingredients together in a salt shaker or place in tupperware.
Step 2: Shake onto the scalp. If using tupperware then dip dry fingers into the container to get some on fingertips.
Step 3: Massage into the scalp.
Step 4: Brush out and style as normal. 
*Note: Arrowroot powder makes a great thickener so this will add volume to fine, limp, greasy hair. Just make sure to always blend in well. 

Dupe #2 : 
Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist Texture Volume & Moisture (Avg. Retail Price $22 for 4 oz)











Such a long and fancy name for basically what is a sea salt spray with a little Argan Oil in it! Josie Maran to me is nothing short of an overpriced product line altogether. I have found many cheaper Argan Oil's online, but that is a topic for another day/post. Here is a beachy waves sea salt spray you can make with items you most likely already have at home.

Ingredients:
  • 8 oz's lukewarm water (I prefer to boil mine so as to kill any bacteria or you could use filtered water)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil (to keep hair from drying out from the salt)
  • Nickel sized amount or small dab of hair gel (whatever brand you like)
Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle. 
Step 2: Shake well until all ingredients are combined. 
Step 3: Spray on damp or dry hair and scrunch towards your roots.
Step 4: Gawk in the mirror at what a gorgeous beachy babe you look like! :)
(Recipe from blog.freepeople.com)

Dupe #3 : 
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (Avg. Retail Price $42 for 1.9 oz)











Talk about an overpriced gimmick! I believe most all tinted moisturizers are ridiculously priced, considering the fact that almost all tinted moisturizers are just simply a face cream with some foundation. Here are two ways to DIY this popular summer option. 

Option 1 -
Ingredients:
  • Your favorite pressed face powder
  • Your favorite facial moisturizer
  • Optional - Your favorite sunscreen
Step 1: Take some moisturizer (and sunscreen if you like) in your palm; the same amount you would normally use.
Step 2: Add in your pressed face powder. This works great if you have a broken pressed powder! If not, then just scrape some off using a clean small spatula, spoon, or knife. 
Step 3: Mix well by rubbing palms together. You can also do this on a empty plate, palette, or in a small clean bowl.
Step 4: Apply all over your face and neck as you would normally do when applying moisturizer. 

Option 2 -
Ingredients:
  • Your favorite foundation (the more full coverage/opaque it is, the better)
  • Your favorite facial moisturizer
  • Optional - Your favorite sunscreen (although most foundations have sunscreen already, check yours)
Step 1: Take some moisturizer (and sunscreen if you like) in your palm; the same amount you would normally use.
Step 2: Add in about a dime sized amount of your foundation (this can be more or less depending on the opacity you like, remember this is a tinted moisturizer so it's supposed to be light coverage).
Step 3: Mix well by rubbing palms together. You can also do this on a empty plate, palette, or in a small clean bowl.
Step 4: Apply all over your face and neck as you would normally do when applying moisturizer. 

Voila! DIY Tinted Moisturizer for pennies!

Dupe #4 :
MAC Fix+ Spray (Avg. Retail Price $21 for 3.4 US fl oz)











Ok I will not lie, I own the full size bottle of this and shelled out the $21 plus $6 shipping just to have this awesome spray. I love the way it works and will most likely never give it up, but for daily use I would not use something that costs this much! Instead a DIY dupe would be better and you can save the Fix+ for more special occasions. 

Ingredients:
  • 4 oz empty spritz bottle
  • Water (I like to boil mine to get rid of any bacteria, let it cool before using it or use room temperature filtered water)
  • 1 Tbsp 32,000 IU of Vitamin E (most health stores or drugstores sell this)
  • 1 Tsp Aloe Vera Oil (aloe vera gel can be used in place of the oil but the oil works best)
Step 1: Add all ingredients to spritz bottle.
Step 2: Shake well until all ingredients are combined.
Step 3: Close your eyes and spray all over your face. Allow to soak in and dry.
(recipe from Makeupalley.com)

*Note: This can be used both under or over makeup. Also can be used to freshen up your makeup throughout the day. 


I hope all of this information has been helpful for you. If you have any questions feel free to use the contact me box on the right hand side of the home page. And don't forget to leave me your comments below <3!

XOXO - Angel Lee



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